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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun overhaul:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb overhaul:

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Definition of the noun overhaul

What does overhaul mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: overhauls

  1. periodic maintenance on a car or machine
    • example: it was time for an overhaul on the tractor
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of overhaul: inspection and repair / service
    • more generic words: care / maintenance / upkeep = activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
    • more specific term: interim overhaul = an overhaul between the regular times for overhauling
  2. the act of improving by renewing and restoring
    • example: a major overhaul of the healthcare system was proposed
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of overhaul: redevelopment / renovation
    • more generic word: improvement = the act of improving something
    • more specific terms: face lifting / face lift / facelift = a renovation that improves the outward appearance (as of a building) but usually does not involve major changes

Alternative definition of the noun overhaul


  1. A major repair, remake, renovation, or revision.

Definition of the verb overhaul

What does overhaul mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: overhauled | overhauling | overhauls

  1. travel past
  2. make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to
    • examples: You should overhaul your car engine | overhaul the health care system
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of overhaul: modernise / modernize
    • more generic words: regenerate / renew = reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
    • more specific word: retrofit = substitute new or modernized parts or equipment for older ones
    • entailment: bushel / doctor / fix / furbish up / mend / repair / restore / touch on = restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

Alternative definition of the verb overhaul


  1. To modernize, repair, renovate, or revise completely.
  2. To pass, overtake, or travel past.


Overhaul is the name of two fictional characters in the Transformers universes. The second Overhaul is a fictional character in the Transformers Cybertron cartoon series. In Galaxy Force, the Japanese version of Cybertron, he is referred to as Jackshot and Ligerjack.


Overhaul is a musical group.

Phrases with Overhaul

  1. to overhaul
  2. interim overhaul

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Overhaul

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Google previewWorld Class Maintenance Management

by N.K. Shivananda

Major overhaul means dismantling the equipment completely and replacing all the worn out parts and totally...

Major overhaul is a separate activity where the equipment is identified for major overhaul and taken up as separate project.

Google previewUnleashing Africa’s Resilience: Pan-Africanist Renaissance In a New African Century (2014)

by Costantinos Berhutesfa Costantinos

This broad overhaul is the first in forty-four years and has been slow and difficult to implement.

Google previewReliability-Centered Maintenance: Management and Engineering Methods (2012)

by R.T. Anderson, L. Neri

Overhaul is the maintenance effort necessary to restore an item to a completely serviceable/operational condition as prescribed by the appropriate technical publication. Overhaul is normally the highest degree of maintenance performed by ...

Google previewChina (1997)

Higher Education Reform

the earlier parts of the review to three major thrusts in the belief that incremental changes rather than a sweeping systemic overhaul is a pragmatic approach, beginning with those most pressing and responsive to the country's reform goals.

Google previewEurope's Crisis, Europe's Future (2014)

by Kemal Dervis, Jacques Mistral

But the constitutional amendment required for such an overhaul is a big obstacle, since the legislative process is extremely cumbersome. Finally, Spain's economic and competition regulation and supervision must be improved, with particular ...

Google previewPractical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, Second Edition (2016)

by Ross M. Gardner, Donna Krouskup

Overhaul is an extremely destructive process, where walls or ceilings are often torn into and debris moved or removed from the scene.

Google previewCivil Airworthiness Certification (2013)

Former Military High-Performance Aircraft by Miguel Vasconcelos, United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration

A MiG-21 overhaul is a significant undertaking which can take up to 3 months, and includes stripping the aircraft down, removing wings, and remove all components. It also involves replacement of life-limited components and a structural ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1993)

Volume 45 - Project Progress Management to Pumps by John J. McKetta Jr

The argument for this practice is that it essentially assures the machine will run trouble-free until the next overhaul. Provided the examination of the parts is sufficiently thorough and the period consistent with expected component life, this ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of The Great Recession 2007-2012 (2012)

by Jerry M. Rosenberg


Google previewEncyclopedia of the Clinton Presidency (2002)

by Peter B. Levy

Shortly after these hearings, the House of Representatives passed a bill to overhaul the IRS, but a similar measure did not reach the Senate floor until it had adjourned, because, according to some, the Republican Party sought to turn ...

Google previewDyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia (1918)

The Elementary Principles, Construction, Operation and Repair of Automobiles, Gasoline Engines and Automobile Electric Systems; Including Trucks, Tractors, and Motorcycles, Simple, Thorough and Practical by Andrew Lee Dyke

Overhaul— Engine and transmission.

Google previewA Dictionary for the Modern Flutist (2009)

by Susan J. Maclagan

OVERHAUL riser meets the embouchure plate (see fig. 49). This is usually done to only the east and west edges of the hole. It is claimed to make the sound clearer and improve the response, particularly for the lowest notes. Overcutting ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

interim overhaul — An availability for the accomplishment of necessary repairs and urgent alterations at ...

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Quotes about Overhaul

Since September 11th Congress has created the Department of Homeland Security, more than doubled the homeland security budget and implemented a bipartisan overhaul of our intelligence systems. (Doc Hastings)
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Scrabble value of O1V4E1R1H4A1U1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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